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Exploring Adolescents Opinions of the Impact of Computer Mediated Communication on Their Lives - Andrew Verrijdt

Exploring Adolescents Opinions of the Impact of Computer Mediated Communication on Their Lives - Andrew Verrijdt

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Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) refers to any form of communication that can only be achieved through the use of a computer. This includes such diverse means as e-mail, MXit, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

The aim of the study was to investigate the views of adolescents around the topic of CMC. The central research question related to adolescents’ views of the impact of CMC on their lives. Sub questions related to the reasons behind the popularity of CMC, the advantages of CMC use, the effect of CMC use on language, schoolwork and relationships, the dangers of using CMC and the use of CMC for bullying
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The study was of qualitative design and was guided by a constructivist theoretical framework.

Several central themes around CMC use emerged from this analysis. The most central of these related to the importance the participants placed on ease of use, and the speed at which CMC can satisfy their desires. Further issues related to how CMC can have both positive and negative effects on relationships and the various dangers of CMC use.

Something that recurred throughout the analysis was the idea that a CMC can, in a sense, form a semi-permeable barrier between users. These barriers allow a user to control their communications with others, typically allowing users to express whatever they wish to express while restricting possible negative effects of their communication.

A model of adolescent CMC use was created that was based on these findings.
Abstract:

Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) refers to any form of communication that can only be achieved through the use of a computer. This includes such diverse means as e-mail, MXit, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

The aim of the study was to investigate the views of adolescents around the topic of CMC. The central research question related to adolescents’ views of the impact of CMC on their lives. Sub questions related to the reasons behind the popularity of CMC, the advantages of CMC use, the effect of CMC use on language, schoolwork and relationships, the dangers of using CMC and the use of CMC for bullying
.
The study was of qualitative design and was guided by a constructivist theoretical framework.

Several central themes around CMC use emerged from this analysis. The most central of these related to the importance the participants placed on ease of use, and the speed at which CMC can satisfy their desires. Further issues related to how CMC can have both positive and negative effects on relationships and the various dangers of CMC use.

Something that recurred throughout the analysis was the idea that a CMC can, in a sense, form a semi-permeable barrier between users. These barriers allow a user to control their communications with others, typically allowing users to express whatever they wish to express while restricting possible negative effects of their communication.

A model of adolescent CMC use was created that was based on these findings.

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Published by: mrandrewv on Oct 22, 2010
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4chan is a highly controversial website where images can be posted, and commented on, by

users. 4chan has few rules and most users remain thoroughly anonymous. This is one of the

reasons why 4chan has become both popular and controversial. It is controversial due to the

large quantities of offensive and hostile content on the site. But, it is popular because the

sheer volume of content moving through the site creates a sort of popularity-based evolution.

This leads to the most popular images migrating from 4chan to the rest of the Internet. 4chan

has been identified as the site that began the trend of humorous animal-related pictures

known collectively as „lolcats‟ and a number of other popular Internet fads („4chan‟, 2009;

Schwartz, 2008).

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